Evaluation of Illness Perception of Women with Breast Cancer in Turkey

Prof. Arzu Tuna

Like all other types of cancer, breast cancer (BC) is perceived as a life-threatening disease; it remains as a most frightening disease for women despite the important developments in its treatment. Moreover, BC is perceived as a disease that threatens both life and womanhood, includes physical, psychological, sexual and working-life problems, has recovery and exacerbation periods, and causes short- and long-period adjustment disorders (1, 2).

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